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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Convert Microsoft DOCX Files to HTML or Older Versions of Office

Have you noticed that Microsoft Word 2007 has added a new file format? DOCX is the new version of the more familiar DOC filetype and has some new features. A problem occurs when you try to open a DOCX file in an older version of Word, you can't do it.

DOCX Converter is a simple utility that lets you convert DOCX files to a simple HTML format so that it can be opened and read on all computers. The process is straight forward and quick, with no hassles.

  1. Click "Browse" button and locate your .docx file.
  2. Enter your email address and click "Convert It!".
  3. Wait for the email with the HTML file.

Keep in mind, DOCX Converter strips out most of the formatting, except bold, italic, underline, left/right/center alignments, Unicode characters and tables. You can also download a widget to convert documents right from your desktop.

Click this link to visit

Microsoft has released the Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for users of older versions of Office, to let them view and edit Office 2007 formats like docx, pptx and xlsx. If you're one of those who owns or has to use a previous version of MS Office, this is probably the easiest way to go. The compatibility pack is a free and small (30MB) download from Microsoft.

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